Wednesday, 28 February 2007
Even more impressive (to me anyway) is that 20,000 of those hits have come in the last 2 of those 12 months.
A little feedback wouldn't go amiss though ...
directed by Graeme Harper tx 12 May
directed by Charles Palmer tx 19 May
directed by Hettie MacDonald tx 2 June
directed by Colin Teague tx 16 June
This will hit you out of the blue as much as it did me (if it registers at all).
Back in mid-2001 BBC2 started a tardy screening of the US sci-fi series "Seven Days", whose 3 series simultaneously came to an end in its home country. BBC2 also only ran just over half the first (1998/99) season even then, in their one of their 6pm slots. I was impressed by the relative grittiness of the series and the sexiness of leading man Jonathan LaPaglia (above and left).
Imagine my surprise as I awoke on the sofa around 10 past midnight this morning to find it was back on! As someone who scours the "Radio Times" this was doubly surprising, but a little infuriating as the re-runs began on Tuesday morning resuming straight where they left off 6 years ago. Apparently it will carry on in this graveyard slot each weekday.
I'd urge sci-fi fans to tune in/tape/Sky+/whatever (likewise anyone who fancies Mr LaPaglia). The premise of the series is a little like "Quantum Leap" meets "Stargate SG1" with prickly protaganist Parker being sent back seven days with the benefit of hindsight to avert a disaster of some proportion. I'd guess the reason the BBC has kept it on ice so long is that the political situation in the USA and the world has moved on noticeably from when "Seven Days" was produced (today's ep battled nasties in war-torn Bosnia).
Sadly LaPaglia's star seems to have sunk also, and he's stuck in the shadow of elder brother Anthony.
Tuesday, 27 February 2007
Monday, 26 February 2007
Happened upon these screencaps of Joe Dempsie in a recent "Skins" episode and thought I'd share.
Been missing the recent showings owing to programme clashes and just plain falling asleep on the sofa. However, the next episode this Thursday sees some unexpected sexual shenanigans between ostensibly straight Tony (Nicholas Hoult) and token gay boy Maxxie (Mitch Hewer). So that's sure to get my attention!
Hoult is obviously generating heat - he guested on last week's "Never Mind the Buzzcocks" and has just been announced as taking the lead in a one-off BBC drama, "Coming Down the Mountain" by Mark Haddon. Meanwhile his child-star debut in "About a Boy" is being screened again at the weekend.
DS interview with Mitch Hewer ,who plays Maxxie here:
So what can we expect from your episode?
"I'm not going to give away the storyline - but something happens between me and Tony. We get close... and he ends up going down on me. A lot of things happen in the Russia episode. It's a good episode!"
Really? Tony's on the turn?
"Yeah, well, as I said, Maxxie does that with Tony. It's not Maxxie's choice, but as I said, I can't really give the storylines too much away. "
Saturday, 24 February 2007
Thursday, 22 February 2007
Many people spotted the production crew out in force in Cardiff city centre yesterday. Here are three shots from Freema Agyeman's fan site where she is seen with co-stars David Tennant and John Barrowman both filming scenes and comparing puffa jackets.
Tuesday, 20 February 2007
Monday, 19 February 2007
Good excuse for another Sean Lamont pic anyway. Here it's in action against Wales and getting mucky from the pitch markings. In the days after he's been in the news again as one of three Scottish players involved in a 'tug-of-love' between club and country.
Also here are Stuart Moffat who's returning to the homeland with Reivers and bear-cub Scotland player Allister Hogg.
Saturday, 17 February 2007
First to the Emerald Isle with 6 ft 6 Lions, Munster and Ireland star Donncha O'Callaghan. As I'd seen for myself on the tottyland site he went rather beyond the call of duty during a Celtic League match in a very welcome manner. Here "Scotland on Sunday" relates his explanation:
However, O'Callaghan took his eccentricity to new limits in a recent match against Cardiff, and this has become a favourite on Youtube.
After ripping his shorts, he threw them to the sidelines and, concerned that Cardiff would get a free throw, he duly took his place in the lineout wearing nothing more than a pair of skimpies (Munster red of course) to cover his embarrassment. It was probably just as well that the referee insisted that he find some shorts, because goodness knows what the lineout lifters would have grabbed to hoist the big fella skywards.
"I haven't heard the end of it, and to be honest it's something I really regret," O'Callaghan revealed last week. "I wish it had never happened. Everybody knows me for being outgoing and stuff like that, but it's only when you watch it back that you see how embarrassing it was.
"I was disappointed it happened, and Deccie [Declan Kidney] had to apologise on behalf of all the management, and things weren't right. But at the time I was faced with two options: stay or leave the pitch and be down a man. You've got to understand like, I've played with Paulie [Paul O'Connell] when he's had two teeth knocked out of the front of his mouth, and he played on. So I didn't think it was acceptable for me to go off.
"People think I'm a messer and a joker, but my family know me well, and they knew it was upsetting enough for me, so they were supportive. The brothers would be slagging and jockeying around and stuff like that, but they were supportive really."
Friday, 16 February 2007
I'm probably putting the cat among the pigeons here for the Scottish Tourist board, but nowhere does it say you can't vote/enter if you're a guy living in Scotland.
Those of you fancying a trip over might well be even more interested
I voted for Thom.
Monday, 12 February 2007
I apologise for more girls on the blog but this is a really catchy track, as heard on Alex Lester and the Dawn Patrol on Radio 2.
Saturday, 10 February 2007
Dundee's finest, the late great Billy MacKenzie with a cover that I think betters the original of "Heart of Glass'
I never claimed to understand this one but I always loved it - "Party Fears Two", the Associates first hit in March 1982. It also became the theme tune to Radio 4's "Week Ending".
Here Billy MacKenzie is joined by the equally handsome Alan Rankine. I believe the clip is from a scant remembered BBC2 show called "Friday Night, Saturday Morning", here presented by BA Robertson.
I've been very scathing of the teen soap "Hollyoaks" in the recent past. It was deserved. However a new production team took over last year and I have to admit it's now watchable again.
Particularly of interest has been a slow burning gay storyline which has exploded this month. The characters of John-Paul and Craig started out ostensibly straight and both have girlfriends. It's been clear to viewers for some time that John-Paul was in the closet and pining for bezza mate Craig. What has caused the twist here is that when he came out it appears that the feeling may be mutual.
"Inside Soap" magazine in this "Valentines Week" photo certainly appear to believe it's on.
He has all the charisma of Steve Davies or Michael Owen but he still makes the grade totty-wise. After a stunning comeback last weekend here's Johnny Wilkinson as you don't normally see him. Not just injury free, but in pinstripes - very MenatPlay actually!
Thursday, 8 February 2007
Here's Rick Belour getting creamed in the Kitchen at Berlin-Male.
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This is big boy Matt's second set for EnglishLads. Apparently it's 12 inches at max!
Tuesday, 6 February 2007
Actually more like 2b as this isn't actually what you will see on the newsagent's shelves, rather it's on page 3 behind a 2007 format version using the same photo. A bit of a shame they couldn't have had the balls to use this retro one properly but I guess the bogus date and (more importantly) the 5p cover price might have been a risky strategy.
We've had to wait 50 weeks since the end of series one and this set of episodes will be the last. However a US version (produced by David E Kelley) is in development and there is talk of a spin-off entitled "Ashes to Ashes" set in 1981 still featuring the Gene Hunt character. The very fact that the latter idea can be does rather point to a specific resolution to the central mystery of the show though. I'm afraid I'm already resigned to having an unsatisfactory conclusion as I feel there's been an ineptness in production that flaws both the 'real' and 'imagined' theories.
Following in the teethmarks of Brian Cox and Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter is the comely French actor Gaspard Ulliel. The 22 year old former model is the star of the new prequel movie "Hannibal Rising".
(I nicked the pic and the headline from a Times supplement last Saturday)
His pictures don't really do him justice as was confirmed for me when he appeared live on the BBC 'Breakfast" programme yesterday morning - he really is gorgeous ! Later Seth won Best Singer at the Radio 2 Folk Awards.
His latest single "King and Country" is out now.